Do the "Robot"

When all else fails on the d-floor, break out the "robot." Don't pretend you're not guilty of resorting to this classic dance move at one point or another...

Be proud! No shame! Own it!

Or be super awesome at it like Brian "Chibi" Gaynor:

But the folks at Boston Dynamics flipped the whole concept of the robot dance on its head last week when they introduced us to Atlas, a humanoid robot. Most people are freaking out about Atlas' ability to walk over rough terrain. That's cool and all (and potentially could help it out if it decides to take over the world), but I'm most impressed by the way it moves--almost as if it's dancing. Oh, and it can balance on one leg. I'm telling you, this bot has serious dance potential.

So human dancers mimic robots, and a robot mimics human dancers. Seems fair, I guess.

I fully expect Atlas 2.0 to master the pirouette.

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(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)

Congratulations to Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers by clicking on their names here:

Read Darriel's profile here

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And then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.

We also want you to get social! We'll be factoring social media likes and shares into our final tallies. Be sure to show your favorite finalist some love on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, sharing their profile pages and using the hashtag #DanceSpiritCMS.

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